MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship continues to build momentum as 3,721 players from all 50 states and 12 countries have registered for the 40th edition of the best run amateur golf tournament on the planet.
The four day 72-hole net stroke play tournament will be played August 28 – September 1 on 60 of the Myrtle Beach area’s premier courses. Entries for this year’s event are tracking at their highest pace since 2009 and way ahead of 2022 which fielded 3,200 players.
“This year is special because we are celebrating our 40th edition,” Tournament Director Scott Tomasello said. “The passion golfers have for the World Am is as strong as it has ever been. We can’t wait to welcome players to Myrtle Beach, where this year, even more than most, the tournament will be not only a celebration of golf but also the camaraderie the game helps foster.”
In addition to the opportunity to claim the mantle of World Champion, the World’s Largest 19th Hole drives interest in players returning year after year. The 19th Hole, which takes up all 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is the heartbeat of the tournament, providing players free food and drink, live entertainment, a golf expo, celebrity guest appearances and more. Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.
Entry into the tournament, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $699. Players receive a gift bag that includes a polo, a pullover, a golf towel, a logo’d hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies valued cumulatively at $250.
While much of the 2022 tournament will look familiar to players, for the second year, there will be a women’s gross division, and the ladies, who previously had just one age group, will be split into two groups – 59 and under and 60 and older. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.
The World Am, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, is open to all golfers 17 years of age and older.
The World Am flights players into 64 divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women (59 and under), senior women (60+), the gross division, senior (50+) gross division and eight women’s divisions.
After four days of play, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Amateur Championship Playoff at the Resort Course at Grande Dunes scheduled Friday September 1, an 18-hole shootout that crowns one new World Amateur champion.
The World Am gives players a chance to bring their game to the next level. It is without doubt the best golf experience money can buy!
It’s 40 years and counting and hard to argue that the ultimate golf vacation is to Myrtle Beach – the “Golf Capital of the World.”